Tanzania is an exciting East African country to travel to and work as a volunteer. The country is home to the highest mountain on the continent, Mt.Kilimanjaro, which attracts many climbers and backpackers. A huge wildlife sanctuary, The Serengeti, a perfect place to go on safari and hundreds of paradise beaches, in other words, great diversity. You may combine your volunteer work, with safari trips on weekends or you could climb Mt.Kilimanjaro before returning home? IWASHERE can help with arranging all tours.
It is without doubt one of Africa's most appealing destinations and a superb introduction to the African continent. Tanzania has existed as a nation since 1964, and its culture is an exciting mix of elements from the colonial era, ancient tribal traditions and modern trends. Although the country is still one of the least developed in the world, it has seen major economic improvements in the last 40 years. The country's stable political system provides a solid base for sustained growth. Areas of education and health have seen great improvement since the country s independence.
Tanzania is a great place to volunteer if you are passionate about helping people in need. IWASHERE has projects in Dar es Salaam, located on the east coast of Tanzania and Arusha in northern Tanzania. Dar es Salaam is Tanzania's largest city, featuring a delightful cocktail of East African culture. A lively town, with lots of markets, cultural experiences and great opportunities to travel around. The town lies on the coast facing the Indian Ocean, not far from the island of Zanzibar. These three cities are known to have lots of projects going on, as there are many street children who have moved to the larger cities, in the hope of a better future. Unfortunately, these children move to large cities after running away from home because of poverty or because they are orphans. Almost all of them end up wondering around on the streets. There are many projects you can be a part of. If there is something specific you are passionate about doing, you can always contact us.
IWASHERE invites individuals, couples, families, students, researchers and groups to volunteer in Tanzania. A good command of English is recommended. Volunteers from all countries, backgrounds and experiences are welcome to participate in programs in Tanzania. Everyone has something to contribute!
A typical week
The structure of the week may vary from project to project. As a volunteer you work approximately 4-8 hours a day and have weekly days off. Working days are planned with our project, it is possible to get time off if you need to do something such as going on a trip, just remember to inform the project coordinator in good time.
Breakfast with the other volunteers is usually between 7:30 and 8:30. Around 9-9:30 you depart for your workplace, where you will meet with the local people and plan your day. You have a lunch break during the day. For the most part, a workday ends between 14:00 and 17:00 after which you have free time to explore the local area, play with the kids, or hang out with the other volunteers. In the evening you can visit a local restaurant with friends.
As a volunteer in Tanzania, you will over the weekend have the opportunity, along with the other volunteers to visit orphanages. The children really appreciate these visits. Otherwise, there is time to relax, maybe just cool off at home. The lively and colorful Tanzania will no doubt give you plenty of entertainment and exciting challenges when you are not working. Discover Arusha and Moshi s vibrant markets and tranquil atmosphere, go on a fascinating safari, visit Arusha national parks, relax on Zanzibar's white sandy beaches - or if you're fresh, you can climb Kilimanjaro. IWASHERE can help you plan your safari, climb Kilimanjaro or if you want to go to Zanzibar during your stay. It's always a good idea to book from home to avoid being charged tourist prices after your arrival in Tanzania.
When you arrive at the airport, you will be picked up by a project coordinator. You will then be taken to the guest house were you will be staying, along with other volunteers who come from all over the world. All volunteers will receive information about the country, culture, and project and given a tour of the city. There will also be an opportunity to get language training in Swahili, if desired. We must point out that the authorities require that volunteers have a work permit. Volunteers who wish to work in Tanzania should expect to pay approx. $ 300 for a work permit.
Volunteers will be accommodated in a guest house for volunteers, where you will get 3 meals every day. In the house you will have access to WFI and TV. This is a perfect way to get to know the other volunteers.
ORPHANAGE (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
As a volunteer, you can work at an orphanage in Tanzania, which will surely be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of your life. At the orphanage, you as a volunteer will help to provide care for abandoned and orphaned children, some of whom have lost their parents to HIV / AIDS. Many of the children are desperate for attention, and some also suffer from health problems. It is your job as a volunteer to spend time with each child, play or go on trips with groups of children as well as finding ways to bring a smile on their faces. This way you can bring joy into an otherwise tough day. Your tasks will be to help with the cooking, bathing the kids, feeding them and help dress them and organizing activities. Volunteers in Tanzania can also help with teaching English and other subjects. There are thousands of orphans living in orphanages in Tanzania. Unfortunately the situation is not likely to improve in the coming years. In many orphanages in Africa, employees struggle with limited resources, and they often do not have time to give each child the essential love and care they need. Tanzania is no exception. The official languages in Tanzania are English and Swahili, but Swahili is clearly the most dominant in the community. We recommend that you complement your work with a language course and thereby gain a deeper understanding of the local community.
MEDICINE & HEALTH (INTERNSHIP)
Tanzania is the perfect choice if you are interested in volunteering or in an internship in the medical field. Tanzania lacks equipment and resources. Doctors and nurses have adapted to deliver the best possible patient care the harsh under the circumstances.
Volunteering in the medical field in Tanzania, you get to perform tasks according to your interests and areas of expertise. Volunteers/students partner with local doctors and nurses and learn by helping and observing their work in clinics and hospitals.
It is very important that you show initiative, interest and enthusiasm. By building a trusting relationship with your local colleagues and showing commitment, you can improve your ability to become more involved in the daily work. It is also an advantage if you help with tasks other than just patient contact. These tasks may include, cleaning, cooking, washing and other daily tasks. This will show true commitment to the project whether the tasks are purely medical or not. It is a good idea to make an effort to learn a little Swahili, so you can speak to your colleagues and patients in their language.
We offer projects in six areas:
• General Practitioners
If you are a student in the health and medical sector, we offer the option of an internship abroad. There are also opportunities to volunteer for those who have graduated or have experience in the health and medical sector. We arrange volunteer work and internships in many parts of Africa, and other countries in the world.
EDUCATION (VOLUNTEER & INTERSHIP)
In Tanzania we offer projects at local schools in Dar es Salaam, Moshi and Arusha, where we arrange volunteering and internships for student teachers. Tanzania's two official languages are English and Swahili, but many of its inhabitants also speak one or more of the 100 tribal dialects. There are both adults and children who cannot speak English. Therefore, volunteers are greatly appreciated when they come to teach English. Experience is not required, just that you want to help. As a volunteer, you can work at a school for children or at a school where adults come to learn English, to improve their chances of getting a job.
By showing commitment and adding some interesting teaching ideas you will discover that the children's interest in the language and willingness to improve will rapidly grow. These projects are perfect for those interested in a career in the field of education, or those already in training and require internship. You can also choose to teach other subjects such as art, sports, geography, music, physics, mathematics and drama. If you have special requirements or qualifications, let us know and we can find the most suitable project for you.
HIV / AIDS PROJECT (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
Volunteers will interact with HIV-positive children and adults in activities to promote awareness about health, diseases and contraception. Volunteers participate in counseling and educational programs at local hospitals and clinics. The overall goal is to increase the personal perception of the risk of HIV amongst men, women and children in the society. In addition, volunteers are expected to help with HIV testing as well as organizing and attending seminars and conferences. The goal of the HIV / AIDS project is to reduce the spread of HIV through awareness and education, increase access to care and provide emotional support for those affected by HIV / AIDS.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work with HIV / AIDS organizations. This will involve household visits to HIV-positive patients, educating and giving advice about safe sex to the community, schools and individuals, as well as helping to provide basic medical care. T
Often parents cannot afford to take care of their children, especially if they are faced with a combination of poverty and HIV / AIDS. This is the reason why there are so many street children and orphans in Africa. By helping with these projects, you are helping to educate and entertain children who cannot receive care and attention elsewhere.
MASAI - WOMEN PROJECT TEACHING MASAI CHILDREN (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
On this project volunteers will help Masai women who face financial difficulties. In Tanzania, there are still many Masai tribes who continue to live by and practice their own culture. On this project you will have the opportunity to get close to this culture and help the Masai women. There 18 Masai women's groups in 8 different villages of Mt. Meru. You will be allocated different villages to support.
• If you are an artist or possess skills in, beads and crafts, you can teach them the latest techniques / patterns so they are able to make better products to sell in the markets.
• There is also the opportunity to teach English. This way the Masai women will be able to communicate with tourist enabling to sell their products directly.
• If you have knowledge and skills in marketing, you can help the Masai women to develop marketing strategies and help them sell their products in domestic and international markets.
• In addition to women's groups, you can also teach English to Masai children and the local young people who possess little or no knowledge of the English language. This will increase their chances to gain employment as tour guides and provide extra income for their families.
LAW & HUMAN RIGHTS (VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIP)
The purpose of this project is to teach widows and orphans of men who died of AIDS / HIV, about their legal rights. These international human rights include, the right to work, the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to participate in the cultural and political life and the right to education and religion. The project helps to give women the necessary knowledge of the legal and judicial procedures in order to enable them to present their cases in court.
Voluntary work on this project involves legal counseling and reconciliation sessions on legal issues such as labor, employment, marriage, land contract, children's rights, compensation rights, etc..
This project is not exclusively for people with legal training or human rights experience. Although most of the trainees, assistants and students participating in this project have completed legal studies. The project also provides psychosocial support to widows, vulnerable children, orphans and their foster parents.
Subjects represented in the legal center:
• Accounting / Finance
• Information / Journalism
These programs and strategies are given priority in human rights projects. New topics and strategies evolve constantly always targeting the people who need help the most. As a volunteer, your interests and previous experience will affect the areas you will be working on. It is important that you are flexible, good at communicating and eager to learn.